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Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Blackout StoutBlackout Stout

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mjpolzin
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excited to finally try this one...

At first glance, I was underwhelmed as it poured kind of thin and watery and the initial color was not one that would remind me of a "blackout". As it sat in the glass though, it seemed to get a little darker as it settled. The smell was of chocolate, roasted malts and some hops.

The taste was fantastic. It was very similar to the smell but everything was incredibly balanced and smooth. I am curious to age this one to see if the roastiness fades a bit and lets the great chocolate taste come forward a little bit. In the category of "easy drinking imperial stouts", this one is a winner.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black with some foamy tan aggregations along the glass. Sipping pattern leads the way for layers of lacing.

Big grainy roasted aroma. Loads of roasted barley, earthy piney hops, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some hot alcohol.

Sweet malty flavors lead into heavier roasted flavors. Milk chocolate upfront, roasted barley, quick flash of resinous hops then big roasted bitterness.

Smooth feel and a substantial body.

World class beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out dark as night with a two finger light brown head with great reatention. Really pours out nice. Smells is quite malty with definitely some dark malts, dark fruits, just really some nice dark goodies. Really can't even smell any hops. Tastes just like the nose except there is a little coffee in there with a tiny bit of booze. Really tastes quite like the nose with way more coffee, Everything is amazing as it REALLY is stout forward. No chance of tasting hops here. Over all this is a hella great stout for the ABV. Hard to do anything better for the ABV. Just a masterpiece.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rockrob
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tvghost
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Side by side 2012 and 2013 (ratings for 2013) both served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: black with just a touch of brown on the edges. completely opaque. huge 3 finger creamy head that fades slowly and leaves a full lacing

Smell: strong bitterness but no hop flavor. roasty malts and some sweet chocolate just barely breaking through

Taste: opens up with smooth and sweet chocolate. roasty malts take over quickly and finish of with a bitterness. decently strong alcohol

Mouthfeel: pretty creamy feel. very smooth transitions. strong hoppy bitterness left behind

Overall: a good but very hoppy imperial stout quite tasty and i really like the creamness.

Appearance: same as the 2013 but the head is not as big and creamy and doesn't last as long. 3.75

Smell: strong and decadent chocolate and some roasted malts 4.00

Taste: big chocolate taste, very sweet. strong alcohol and might be a little stronger than the fresh one. 4.25

Mouthfeel: lost a bit of creaminess. pretty heavy body and just a bit of bitterness left over. 4.00

Overall: I like the year old one better. It lost a bit of the hoppiness but it still has quite a bit of complexity and flavor. 4.00


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Photo of gorman4
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jimmys
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before 03/16/14.

A: pours a dark brown. definitely not black and really not that dark of a brown. head isn't that dark and retention isn't that great. no lacing in my glass.

S: a minor coffee and a lot of bitter roast. coffee grounds actually. chocolate. smooth and inviting aroma.

T: chewy and rich. not cloying in the least as the finish rounds out with some roast. not acrid. super smooth with absolutely no heat. chocolate and roast. milk chocolate even. enough hops to provide great balance.

M: pretty decadent mouthfeel. rich and full bodied.

D: my favorite thing about this stout is its undeniable drinkability and balance. just a really good drink, not necessarily a sipper, which makes this big brew that much more dangerous. to my celler-folks out there, my recommendation is to drink this fresh. drinks great right now, no heat, good complexity. I actually see time hurting this a bit more than benefiting. that and anytime a big brew has a enjoy by date on it that appears to be only about 6 months from its bottled on date, I would say drink it. they know what they are doing.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit that I was surprised by this stout. The beer pour almost black with a nice head that eventually disappears. The smell immediately got my attention which was rich with depth. The taste had the attributes of a well crafted stout beer that left me wanting more. It is too bad this is a seasonal beer. This would make a good everyday beer to drink.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,533 ratings
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